Free Entry During National Park Week

Grand Canyon National Park will kick off National Park Week with a weekend of Earth Day activities and then will join national park units around the country in waiving entrance fees on April 22 - 26, 2013.

Celebrate Earth Day at Grand Canyon

Earth Day 2012

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day with a weekend of activities April 19 - 21, 2013. The weekend will include a film about conservationist Aldo Leopold, a keynote presentation by author Mary Ellen Hannibal, and a day of fun and educational activities. Everyone is invited to take part.

Bright Angel Trailhead Construction

Bright Angel Trailhead

As of Tuesday, March 12, the southwest trailhead (near the mule corral) will be reopened for all hiker and mule access. Towards the end of the week, the northeast trailhead, near Kolb Studio, will be closed in order to complete the burial of utilities, and to reclaim the path, which was modified to accommodate mule traffic.

Grand Canyon National Park to Host Archaeology Day on March 23

Ranger Emily Davis and young visitors sift for artifacts. -National Park Service

Grand Canyon, AZ. - On Saturday, March 23, 2013, Grand Canyon National Park will host its sixth annual Archaeology Day celebration, commemorating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Special programs, activities and demonstrations will be held at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center throughout the day, with a special evening program at the Shrine of the Ages.

Grand Canyon Goes High Tech in Order to Reach Students Nationwide

Grand Canyon virtual studio

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - "Do you live hundreds or thousands of miles away from Grand Canyon…? Why not let Park Rangers bring Grand Canyon to your classroom?" So starts the National Park Service's brochure on Distance Learning Education Programs at Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon National Park's 94th Birthday

Steven Mather, first Director of the NPS (far left), with Grand Canyon's first and second designated Superintendents, Dewitt Raeburn and Walter Crosby (far right.) NPS Photo c1921

Steven Mather, first Director of the NPS (far left), with Grand Canyon's first and second designated Superintendents, Dewitt Raeburn and Walter Crosby (far right.)
NPS Photo c1921

On Tuesday, February 26, Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the anniversary of its designation as a national park 94 years to the day after An Act to Establish the Grand Canyon National Park in the State of Arizona was signed into law.

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Free Entry on Martin Luther King Day

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors who arrive in the park on Monday, January 21. Visitors who enter (or re-enter) the park before or after January 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee.

Bright Angel Campground Periodic Closures

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will be replacing and relocating the underground electric cable that serves Phantom Ranch early in 2013. The project will be completed by Lake Powell Construction in coordination with Arizona Public Service and the National Park Service.

Work on this project is expected to begin on Monday, January 7. It is currently anticipated that the replacement and relocation will be completed by March, conditions permitting.

North Rim Closed

The North Rim closed for the season at 8 am on Monday, November 26, 2012. Hikers and cross country skiers will still be able to enter the North Rim of the park throughout the winter months, providing backcountry permits have been obtained through the park's South Rim Backcountry Information Center or at the Visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument, located in Fredonia, Arizona. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open year-round and can be reached by calling (928) 638-7875, Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MST.

Bright Angel Trailhead Construction

Bright Angel Trail rim detour

Due to construction at the trailhead, a detour is needed to reach the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim. See Grand Canyon National Park 2012 construction for details.

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